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pretty bad
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
3,500 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

This data is from the NHTSA — the US gov't agency tasked with vehicle safety. Complaints are spread across multiple & redundant categories, & are not organized by problem.

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2004 Ford F-150 windows / windshield problems

windows / windshield problem

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2004 Ford F-150 Owner Comments

problem #3

Nov 012006

F-150 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 8,100 miles


The contact owns a 2004 Ford F-150. While driving 20 mph, the battery light illuminated and the alternator gauge dropped. The dealer stated that the alternator caused the failure and they made the replacement. Approximately one year later, while driving 20 mph, the failure recurred. The dealer replaced the alternator again. The contact stated that the failure occurred two more times under the same circumstances. The dealer stated that the alternator was the cause of each failure. The failure mileage was 8,100 and current mileage is 26,200. Updated01/07/08 the windshield wiper blades and a fuse was replaced

- Hopewell, VA, USA

problem #2

Jan 242005

F-150 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
The position of the left windshield wiper is incorrect, preventing it from going all the way up and clearing the windshield during inclement weather. This is making the ability to see the road difficult. Manufacturer was contacted by consumer, and was informed that nothing could be done to adjust the windshield wiper. The consumer stated that the drivers side wipers will not defrost.

- Mechanicsville, VA, USA

problem #1

Feb 192004

F-150 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 2,400 miles
Driver's windshield wiper leaves 6" blind spot uncleared/unwiped in line of sight along driver's windshield pillar. Almost hit pedestrian as a result of not being able to see. Also pulled out at intersection in front of another car because unable to see. Dealer can not fix because the wiper is "keyed" to that position only. Ford has been unwilling to resolve issue. Other owners complaining of safety hazard too.

- Soldotna, AK, USA

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